Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool suffered yet another big blow in their UCL campaign last night at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona against Napoli, following a bumpy start in the Premier League
This massive defeat put the Merseyside team in an awkward position at the bottom of their group table, and the manager is also at a high risk of losing his job at Anfield.
How did Liverpool get the worse treatment from the Italian outfit?
Liverpool still has a long way to go before it is back to the form that helped it reach the Champions League final the previous year and on Wednesday, Napoli defeated the might of England 4-1 in the opening round of group play, scoring three goals in the first half.
Piotr Zielinski made a penalty-kick conversion, and André-Frank Zambo After 30 minutes, Anguissa extended the advantage, and substitute Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, scored on his debut in a competitive match just before halftime.
Prior to Luis Diáz’s 49th-minute counterattack goal for Liverpool, Zielinski added two more minutes of padding after the half and left back for Liverpool Andy Robertson added, “We were miles too open. You can’t come to a place like this and not stay compact,Too many times they turned and had big open spaces to run at. Unfortunately, we deserved this result, the way we were wide open. We need to wake up, and quickly.”
Liverpool has now lost all four games it has played at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, and manager Jürgen Klopp is currently 0-4 in his time there. When Klopp was the head coach of Borussia Dortmund in 2013, he was dismissed following a loss, and he also presided over Liverpool’s losses in 2018 and 2019.
The Merseyside team had just two victories in its first six Premier League games. Despite the offseason departures of captain Lorenzo Insigne, the league’s all-time leading scorer Dries Mertens, and defensive rock Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli is unbeaten in five Serie A games and leads the league with 12 goals scored.
As Napoli got off to a fast start, the recent form of the two teams held and striker Victor Osimhen avoided Liverpool’s offside trap in the first minute, dribbled around goalkeeper Alisson, and then sent a shot from a tight angle off the outside of the post.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, a 21-year-old Georgia winger who has been tearing up Serie A with four goals in five games, crossed for Simeone, who had replaced an injured Osimhen. On the left flank, Kvaratskhelia dribbled by two opponents before expertly positioning Simeone.
Sadio Mane, who left Liverpool for Bayern Munich, is severely missed by the Reds, who were defeated by Real Madrid in last season’s final by a score of 1-0. While fourth-choice Joe Gomez was sluggish at center defense, injuries are also taking a heavy toll in the center of midfield.